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I use a Behringer MIdi controller for lightroom along with an open source utility to connect it to Lightroom. This unit is festooned with recording studio type knobs, buttons and sliders. The software utility allows you to map any knob or button to any adjustable slider in LR.

This allows me to twiddle a knob to adjust exposure, contrast, lights and darks etc rather than using the mouse.

Never quite been sure why there isn't more of these kinds of units available for software that is fiddly to adjust with plain old keyboard and mouse. It's a LOT more intuitive to adjust software slider controls using a physical volume control or fader type control than dragging with a mouse. Imagine steering your car by dragging a virtual steeting wheel with a mouse...

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 22:43 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
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waldoh: Get your pitchforks ready!

JK, if commercial means recording a music video, travel short or any pictures used for marketing purposes I don't see a problem.

At the same time for a town run primarily off of tourism, this is a short sighted move.

The grey area is huge. I would go and take pictures for my own house and get around paying that fee. If someone decides months later they want to buy the picture, Positano cannot possibly track me down or get the money.

Having just got back from the Amalfi coast yesterday, I can sympathise. The towns are built into the cliff faces with no room for anything. Even getting from hotel to seafront involves a death defying wall along a six foot wide winding mountain road with buses and cars hurling themselves around blind bends dizzingly high above the sea.

italy is fond of charging ordinary tourists a daily tax for the privilege of visiting so they are also no strangers to getting back what they can from visitors.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 08:56 UTC
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paulfulper: That's why I left Italy , . The Italian government takes all your money and gives you back miserable third world services.
The triumph of socialism is Italy bankruptcy
And the 40.000 unelected european socialist bureaucrats impose rabid liberalism to all Europe

neo-liberal economics, presumably. Like everywhere.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 08:50 UTC
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trungtran: The cruiser would look ok with old style kidney rims.

The Yashica is not for everyone, its a shame to see the DP folks bashing it before its even born.

Don't forget the wooden case thing for the Sigma SD1

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 08:33 UTC
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barrym1966: The pt cruiser is dog ugly

I only drove one once, when I was on holiday in Canada. I wasn't impressed. North American cars seem to like the roly poly suspension approach.

As I understand it, it had some connection with the Neon which was the only American car I'm aware of which was sold as a mass market offering in the UK. I was equally unimpressed with that model - a friend of mine who got a bit obsessed with Americana bought one over a Golf. At least it was cheap.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 08:28 UTC
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Magnar W: This is nostalgia. A story about a quite popular brand that ended years ago, and now pops up as a reincarnation at the lowest level, just as the name.

This has nothing to do with Yashica or Contax cameras, or Kyocera. This is just an example on how nostalgia and brand loyality can be profitable.

The Yashica FR1 was an electronically-controlled 35mm film SLR camera made by Yashica and produced between 1977_81.

Based on the earlier Contax RTS and Yashica FR, the FR1 combined some of the best attributes of those cameras. Equipped with the C/Y common bayonet mount, the FR1 could accept a variety of Yashica / Contax lenses and was targeted at serious amateur and professional photographers.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 08:22 UTC
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Magnar W: This is nostalgia. A story about a quite popular brand that ended years ago, and now pops up as a reincarnation at the lowest level, just as the name.

This has nothing to do with Yashica or Contax cameras, or Kyocera. This is just an example on how nostalgia and brand loyality can be profitable.

Hmmm.... My first film SLR was a Zenith E. Then I owned a few Prakticas, including the LTL3 and B200. I tried a few Cosinas and other ancient m42 mount cameras - all very used. THESE were low end brands.

It was only when I started working full time in 1980 that I became able to afford new cameras. I tried an OM1 (classy but basic) then a Chinon CA4 (sophisticated) before ending up with a Yashica FXD and a Yashica FR1.

The two Yashica's were most definitely not low-end - rather they were near state of the art in their price brackets. I still have them today and the FR1 in particular still feels like a major piece of gear. I reckon it could give most of the cheaper Contaxes a run for their money.

I remember the Contax 139Q was a dream unobtainium camera for me and when I finally got hold of one it turned out to be really cheap and nasty compared to the FXD which itself is a plastic camera. The FR1 is in a different league build-wise.

No need to apologise for Yashicas...

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 08:19 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3 (206 comments in total)

The only thing wrong with my XE1 for me is the front and rear grips. I solved the front grip problem myself by adding a half case with a bulgy bit around the grip area. The rear thumb grip however, is just wrong, it is too far to the right. It looks like on the XE3 all they have done is make it even smaller but left it too far to the right. There is an art to designing "thumb grips" that done right (like on my Pentax K5) means you can almost balance the whole camera on your thumb.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 09:56 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies

Question for pro who think this service is a bad thing:

My reading of the piece is that Cho's argument is that Unsplash does not threaten pro photography because it is not supplying pictures to clients who otherwise would have paid you. Instead it supplying students or corporate employees doing their weekly team meetings who need something to illustrate a powerpoint presentation.
These are people with zero budget who are not in a position to and never would pay anyone for an image. They'd likely use their own image, steal something off the internet or simply go without. Unsplash provides them with a service to make their presentations marginally more interesting but the extra value is very low so needs to be free or it simply wouldn't be done.

On the surface, that sounds like they are meeting a demand that is entirely parallel to the revenue streams of pro photogs.

What do you think of that argument?

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 07:13 UTC as 39th comment | 15 replies
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straylightrun: What did I just read?

The trouble though is that reviews are not really going to tell you which camera is right for you - you need to use it to find out the control dial is half an inch to the left of where your thumb is comfortable.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 17:50 UTC
On article Nikon fills in the blanks on professional grade D5 DSLR (538 comments in total)
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vFunct: These are real cameras, for real photographers.

Let the amateurs, the poseurs, the untalented, the beginner, the retiree, and the frail and weak pathetic girly-men carry their laughable mirrorless to occasionally play photographer with.

Meanwhile, actual photographers will go ahead and use a real camera like this.

If you're going to use a mirrorless camera, and not get laughed at in the face, it better be a large-format 4x5 or 8x10.

Actual photographers care less about what people think of their cameras and a lot more about what they think of their pictures.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 22:10 UTC
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PatMann: Not quite 645 full frame, but close (about 93.4%). My Pentax 645 slides are about 41.5 x 56mm in image area. Certainly still a long way from 6 x 6 or 6 x 7 medium format film sizes.

Yes of course, but the term originated before there were any 35mm size digital sensors. Early DSLRS used bodies that were 35mm film bodies but with half frame sensors. Those who pined for the genuine 35mm film size referred to it as "full frame". They got their wish when the Kodak 14n (I still have mine) and the Canon 1Ds were released. The funny thing is that "full frame" means something else in CCD terminology and the use of the term for the sensor size rather than the read out method so irritated Kodak they issued a press release explaining that full frame did not mean 36x24mm...

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2016 at 21:56 UTC
On article Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test (136 comments in total)
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DStudio: It's amazing how even on an iPad at 'article' size - without enlarging the photos - the higher quality of the Phase One comes through. The photos just look better (than what we normally see). I've always believed it was how they deliver the color - probably the bit depth helps. And Capture One certainly helps too. But whatever it is, they simply look better.

Except of course you are wrong. Vinyl is worse than CD in every technical parameter. Some people prefer vinyl but that is not because vinyl has higher fidelity but simply because they personally prefer the characteristic collection of distortions vinyl provides. There's a lovely Boston Audio Society double blind test featuring guest Ivor Tiefenbraun owner of Linn Products showing he was completely unable to detect the presence of a digital encoder added to the signal path of his own very famous turntable despite his criticisms of said encoder.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 20:13 UTC
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Joed700: I would like to see APS-C cameras to disappear. During the film era, we only had 35mm SLR and point-n-shoot for most people. The APS-C breed was introduced at a time when chips were still quite expensive/lack of technology for FF DSLR. Today, FF DSLR starts at around $1600 price range while APS-C are around $1000 - $1700, which is ridiculous. The existence of APS-C somehow made the FF (old 35mm equil.) into a higher class. I don't think it will cost that much to produce FF compared to APS-C. It's just an opportunity for camera manufacturers to make more money. Point-n-shoot has it's place because they are compact and good for traveling while the APS-C are about the same size as FF DSLR; APS-C also lacks shallow DOF; not a desirable option for isolating your subject....

I also have full frame,aps-c cameras. The shallower DOF from full frame is about half a stop worth. Important perhaps in some limited situations but in many cases rather minor.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 16:56 UTC
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whtchocla7e: The point-and-shoots are alive and well.

The Nex 3/5, the small m4/3 cams from Oly and Panny, the Nikon 1, the Q from Pentax, the premium compacts from various manufacturers?

They're all point-and-shoots in disguise. They sell in mass quantities, the majority of the buyers never purchase an additional lenses or accessories.

Your casual photographer may now have a more capable camera with interchangeable lenses (and they may not even know it!) but the point-and-shoot mentality does not change.

The definition of a point-and-shoot should be more dynamic to reflect the current state of the (lower end) camera market.

A P&S is a camera that can be set to a fully automatic condition where the photographer need not supply any technical input at all (eg focus, exposure, iso). All they have to do is point the camera in the direction of the subject and click the shutter and the camera will handle all the technical stuff. A chraitable/marketing/spin view of this is it frees the photographer to concentrate on framing and the decisive moment, a cynical (and more accurate) view is that it makes for mindless snapping by people with no skills).
As far as I am aware, just about any digital camera available except perhaps a Leica can be used in a P&S mode. Some cameras can only (practicalbly) be used as a P&S. These are the true P&S cameras, a camera like the Fuji X10 may be a compact but is exactly as much not a P&S as the D800.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 16:43 UTC
On article Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? (326 comments in total)
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Bsadvies0104: it is always a pleasure to read all the posts about a camera which is not on the marketing yet. Also i love the discussion about pixels ( the more the beter it seems), sensor size (bigger=better), lenses and so on. I have a camera with only 5 milj. Pixels and the same (size) sensor, with a hell of a lens. The Leica digilux 2. I think most readers do not print postersize pictures. Mostly 13x19 inches, which is pretty big. When you print in this size, really 12 milj pixels and only a tiny sensor like X10, 20 and 30 is more then enough, unless you are looking to expose the photos, professionally, in a gallery. My old D2 is still spot on, cristal clear. It could be much better, but do i need it, or want. I think a perfect photo, and i do not mean the composition, has only a small effect on the technical data of the camera. It is the combination of things. Lens is the most important one. This count for the early ages of photography as well it is for today. Look for that and nothing else!

Leica Digilux 2 = Panny LC1 = 5MP 2/3" sensor circa 2003

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 21:02 UTC
On article Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review (1200 comments in total)


The 5D image is larger than the others of course. People will still want to compare resolution at 100% with the usual misleading problems because the image sizes are not identical. It will be very interesting to see if the print simulation options make a difference most will understand. Good idea though.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2013 at 21:07 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
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FredSpain: Black and white photography or movies are things of the past. Photographers and movie-makers used them because they had no other possibility at the time or did not kmow they existed. Technically, Color photography was possible since 1899 and color cinematography since 1926. The use of painted B&W pictures (or movies (most of Melies movies had a colorised version)) was very active in the first half of the XXth century.This artist respect the originals and do not exagerate colors. If you personally do not like it, its is your opinion but think that others have the right to think different.


Maybe a better description in the digital era might be that B&W is a thriving sub genre of photography?

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2013 at 15:24 UTC
On article Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor (757 comments in total)
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ponyman: Just been reading this review from someone who has actually spent some time using this camera - I will be interested to see further reviews before passing judgement.

The reviewer linked above (Jono) is someone who has been a DPReview forum contributor for around 15 years and is someone I've regularly corresponded with. He has been involved with many different brands incl Oly, Pentax, Nikon, Pany, Kodak and others. He is very, very experienced at using different equipment for extended periods of time. He is not really a reviewer in the professional sense, but he is a trustworthy ordinary photographer who happens to lpve leica and does beta testing for them. If you want a better idea of where he stands to help you judge his comments, just search the DPR forum posts for "Jono Slack". .

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 12:34 UTC
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GeorgeZ: It MAY cost more with the OVF than the EM5?
It costs more even without it!
The EM5 now is € 1099 here with the 12-50mm, the E-P5 will cost as much but with the 14-42mm.
And if Olympus doesn't change its policy, that price will be the fixed price for the first couple of months, maybe by then the EM5 will even be further reduced.
The P5 is certainly a nice camera but Olympus is asking too much.
The PM2 can be found for almost a third of the P5, the E-PL5 for less than half- both with the same sensor/engine.
I just don't get it Olympus.

Most mirrorless cameras are overpriced compared to DSLRs- the Nikon D3200 for example.

You get compactness which is good but you pay a lot for that.

Despite the fact that Mirrorless cameras are DSLRs with the expensive mechanical/optical systems removed, that once companies have geared up to produce them, must cost a lot less to make than a DSLR they typically cost double the price for similar sensors. And they don't always have the speed and responsiveness of equivalent DSLRs (eg Fuji models).

So they all seem overpriced to me - that, or entry level DSLRs offer phenomenal value that mirrorless can't match apart for fire sale models.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 11:19 UTC
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